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A new effort to promote Web-based fonts has won the support of Google. Mozilla, Microsoft, Opera, and several type design firms already are on board.
Opera is building WOFF, the Web Open Font Format, into Opera 11.10, and is trying to encourage programmers to use it.
The software colossus signs up to sponsor standardization of the Web Open Font Format technology. Support in IE9 looks likely.
After years of Web-font false starts, the new font technology is poised to spruce up the Web's words. Overall, it'll be a step forward.
One of the biggest font foundries is releasing a catalog of nearly 8,000 fonts for Web pages. The move will help designers add polish--and create a new revenue stream for the company.
A Web-based font issue could let remote attackers have their way with your computer. Mozilla issues Firefox 3.6.2 to fix the problem.
The font company is releasing patented compression technology in an attempt to bring faster, nicer fonts to the Web, and Google is helping out the effort.
The Web standards group clarifies that its HTML5 logo really is just for HTML5. To tout your site's use of WOFF, SVG, and CSS, there are smaller, gray icons.
Adobe is getting with the Web program: PhoneGap maker Nitobi will give Adobe tools for building mobile sites with Web standards, and TypeKit brings Web font subscriptions.
Unable to resist a good marketing opportunity, the Web standards group is promoting itself and its new Web technology. What HTML5 actually means, though, remains vague.